Travel Joy - Paris

Travel Joy - Paris

Paris.

Just the name brings up thoughts of romance.  Movies.  Chocolate croissants.  Glitz and glam.  Art and fashion.

As part of our homeschool experience, my family was able to make the journey to Paris, France - in the middle of September. It was the perfect time to go. It was in the 50’s most days, and a little rainy off and on. We were ready and had packed rain jackets and water-proof boots so the weather didn’t hold us back.

For about a month, our library’s shelves were depleted of anything related to the France and it’s history as we prepared for the trip of a lifetime.

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Part 3: DNA Testing and Unexpected Results - How should Christians respond when it happens to them?

Part 3: DNA Testing and Unexpected Results - How should Christians respond when it happens to them?

This is Part 3 and the Conclusion of the series, “DNA Testing and Unexpected Results - How should Christians respond when it happens to them?” What does God and the Bible say about processing this new-found NPE (Not Parent Expected) discovery?

Lives are being shattered and rebuilt because of questions being answered.

Frequently, people had a feeling growing up or just never felt like they fit in to the family that raised them. The girl who gave up her child for adoption has often wept and tried to find her baby. The boy who was mistreated by the family who raised him, but couldn’t figure out why everyone else was treated better than him now understands.

Some of the gut feelings or deeply agonized questions are getting answers because of DNA testing. For some, their DNA results literally shatter their lives. But for others, it’s resolution.

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Part 2: DNA Testing and Unexpected Results - How should Christians respond when it happens to them?

Part 2: DNA Testing and Unexpected Results - How should Christians respond when it happens to them?

When a Christian is on the receiving end of surprise DNA testing results, how should they respond?

This is Part 2 of “DNA Testing and Unexpected Results - How should Christians respond when it happens to them?”

Families are being united and torn apart.

This is two-fold:

  • Someone discovers they are the result of a secret (affair/rape, donor conceived, etc.) or maybe there’s a different biological father and Mom didn’t even know. Perhaps they were adopted and have just discovered their biological family! Now that individual (NPE) must decide what to do. Their identity is shattered - who are they really? Do you tell your mom you know? How does this affect your spouse, children, aunts and uncles, grandparents and others in your family? Your family name, do you change it? Will people treat you the same? Why do you feel different?

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Part 1: DNA Testing and Unexpected Results - How should Christians respond when it happens to them?

Part 1: DNA Testing and Unexpected Results - How should Christians respond when it happens to them?

Have you SEEN the news lately? DNA testing has caused one media frenzy after another. Ancestry, 23 And Me and other companies are leading the way in connecting our DNA with the world. There is even a non-profit established to help those with shocking DNA discoveries - it’s called NPE Friends Fellowship, founded by Catherine St Clair.

The traditional family structure is being challenged by folks locating half siblings, biological parents and other family members. Individuals are discovering that one, or both parents aren’t who they thought. People with this unexpected event are being called NPEs. NPE stands for Not Parent Expected, but it used mean Non Paternity Event by the genealogy community. As the discovery numbers have increased, both maternal and paternal surprises are happening, thus the switch in wording.

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20 Best Educational Gifts For Kids

20 Best Educational Gifts For Kids

Here are my recommendations for some of the Best Educational Gifts for Kids. It’s hard to know what to get kiddos for Christmas or their birthday. Is it junk? Does it actually work? Will they like it? What purpose does it serve?

As an educator, I’m always on the lookout for things that are fun, yes, but also expand your mind and creativity or allow you to build a new skill.

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Guest Post by DNA Counselor Brianne Kirkpatrick

Guest Post by DNA Counselor Brianne Kirkpatrick

Brianne Kirkpatrick is the founder of DNA Watershed. She is a DNA Counselor, wife and Super-Mom to three children. And to top it off, Brianne has co-authored a book on DNA topics for adoptees which will be released soon! It’s such an honor that she agreed to be a guest on my blog!

Brianne and I met briefly at NBC Studios while on set for the Megyn Kelly Show a couple of months ago. She is leading the charge in the world of DNA Counseling. With the tsunami of people taking DNA tests via Ancestry.com, 23 and Me and others, there often come questions and surprises. Brianne is there to help you navigate the waters of understanding who you are, genetically.

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